A gold plate Disney Christmas tree, decorated with 50 handcrafted character silhouette ornaments, weighs 88 pounds and was created by Tokyo jeweler has created a revolving Christmas tree that is worth $4.2 million.
“Right now gold is over 4,400 yen per gram. We used pure gold and had an expert craftsman form each Disney character by hand,” said Tomoko Ishibashi, in the marketing department of Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry, which runs the Ginza Tanaka jewelry store.
The tree and its ornaments took a total of 10 craftsmen two months to complete.
“It is very vivid and the gold is very pretty,” said Takashi Miura, a 36-year-old jeweler. “The characters on it are also really cute and it really looks like a Christmas tree.”
The tree is actually for sale if anyone is interested, but for those without that kind of budget. The store is selling smaller replica tree’s, standing at just under 10 inches, with 20 pendant like Disney character ornaments, all made of pure gold. The smaller Christmas tree will only cost 2 million yen or $243,000.
Ishibashi says that have not found anyone yet to put a down payment on the larger $4.2 million Christmas tree, but they have sold some of the smaller ones.
The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly the 15th century. It acquired popularity beyond Germany during the second half of the 19th century. The Christmas tree has also been known as the “Yule-tree”, especially in discussions of its folkloristic origins.